Finley learned how fun Coming When Called is by playing recall games like Rocket Recall and Puppy Ping Pong, which earned him high value reinforcers like cheese and turkey. He had a blast!
Trotter learned how to Wait patiently at the door, and how to Leave It. We put them both to
the test when there were squirrels outside, and he did well. We also practiced the Leave It with the cats' food, and he passed that test too!
Prior to tonight Finley would only lie down if you touched the floor. In just a few minutes he would do it with us standing straight up when we gave the cue. We did this by gradually
working our way up, just a few inches at a time. Now he does Down like a champ! We also
taught him to Stay, and he did that well, too!
Ellie did really well learning how to Wait and Stay. She waited politely for her food to be put
down and for doors to be opened. She stayed as we walked out of the room and opened the
front door. We even practiced with the kids being distracting around her and she did great
Bubba likes to bark at things he sees out the front door. Today we taught him the 3-Bark Rule, as well as how to Wait and Stay. By the end of our session I went outside and rang the doorbell. Bubba ran to the door, barking. The client was able to call him away with his new "quiet" cue, then Bubba stayed while they answered the door. Excellent work!
About 10 minutes before we went outside to teach Ginger Loose Leash Walking two deer walked through the yard and across the driveway, so you can imagine that Ginger was just a bit distracted. So we used a high rate of reinforcement to regain her focus and she ultimately did well despite the impromptu visitors.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI